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Terre Haute Advances in America’s Best Communities Competition, Receives $50,000 for Economic Revitalization

Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank, America’s Best Communities aims to spark innovation and growth in small towns across the country.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., April 29, 2015 — Terre Haute, Indiana is celebrating its victory in the first round of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities.

Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank — the contest’s sponsors — today announced Terre Haute has advanced into the quarterfinals of this innovative competition, following selection from a pool of about 140 applicant teams by an independent group of expert judges. The community will now be awarded $50,000 to develop a comprehensive strategy to accelerate the revival of the local economy and improve quality of life.

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First Annual Terre Haute Tomorrow Diversity Walk

June 27th, 2015

The Terre Haute Tomorrow Diversity Walk 2015 will take place in Downtown Terre Haute on June 27th, 2015. This event will help raise awareness toward the issue of diversity in our community. The main goal of this event is for people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to develop relationships and enhance trust. We hope you will support that goal by walking with us.
When:  June 27th, 2015 – Registration 8am-10am. - 2 mile walk directly thereafter.
Where: Downtown Terre Haute (Exact location TBD)
There is no charge for the event.
Please click here to register and secure your event shirt.
Shirts can be picked up at the day of the event at the registration table.

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'Tomorrow' group puts spotlight on boosting leadership

Leadership potential — under the right circumstances — probably exists inside everyone. Terre Haute Tomorrow, a group of civic-minded volunteers hoping to improve the community over the next decade, wants to cultivate those latent leadership skills within the Wabash Valley.

A pair of recent surveys of local leaders found that a strong leadership development program is important to the success of the community. One survey was conducted by Rachel Leslie and Susan Turner of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the other by Terre Haute Tomorrow's steering committee.

As a result, Terre Haute Tomorrow established "Leadership Development" as one of its five "action teams," — committees within the organization dedicated to specific, high-priority goals. The leadership action team, chaired by B.J. Riley of the Tribune-Star and Tory Fears of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, also includes Leslie, Turner, Dottie King of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Beth Tevlin of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and Jeanette Winchester, board chairwoman for the Chamber of Commerce.

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'Tomorrow' group working to aid city's growth, says Miller

The Tribune-Star's digital town hall gazed into the future Thursday by examining Terre Haute Tomorrow.

Brian Miller, a partner at MillerWhite, a marketing agency, took questions from Tribune-Star staff during a one-hour "town hall" discussion at www.tribstar.com between noon and 1 p.m. He is a spokesman for Terre Haute Tomorrow, a volunteer group of local leaders setting goals to improve the city over the next decade.

Terre Haute Tomorrow unveiled its 40-page "Community Plan" in January. The plan sets tangible goals for improving the city in five areas: image, economic development, workforce readiness, leadership and infrastructure.

Dozens of community leaders from business, education, government and the not-for-profit sector are part of Terre Haute Tomorrow.

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Digital Town Hall with Brian Miller — read the transcript here

Welcome to our Digital Town Hall event. Our guest today is Brian Miller, a local businessman and spokesman for Terre Haute Tomorrow, an organization that recently released a new community plan for the future.

The live event will begin at noon and last for one hour.

Miller will answer questions in writing from the newspaper staff and from the public.

Submit your questions here, or via Twitter or Facebook using the the hashtag #tstownhall.

Editor Max Jones, @tribstarmax on Twitter, is moderator for the event. He is joined by city government reporter Arthur Foulkes and columnist Mark Bennett.

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Effort hopes to maximize TH's successes, outreach

Before a company or entrepreneur will invest in the Terre Haute community, the city must first be an attractive place in which to live.

That's the guiding reality behind the Terre Haute Tomorrow economic development "action team," one of five teams under the THT label charged with improving the city over the next 10 years.

As with all the teams, the Economic Development crew is charged with setting concrete goals — and then meeting them. THT's leaders have said they do not want their 40-page action blueprint, unveiled last month, to be just another plan that sits idle on a shelf.

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